Deborah Lipstadt: Holocaust “deniers” are “conspiracy theorists”


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Fredrick Toben

…by Jonas E. Alexis


Dr. Fredrick Toben has recently sent me a copy of his newsletter in which he quotes Deborah Lipstadt saying that “Holocaust denial, and by extension anti-Semitism, is not a cognitive error. It’s not like they miss one fact. It’s that they’re looking at the world through the prism of an anti-Semite. They’re conspiracy theorists.”

This is an extraordinary claim which obviously demands extraordinary evidence. But Lipstadt is obviously not interested in providing the evidence. She is more interested in indoctrination than dialogue. This is Lipstadt at her best:

“I don’t engage them [‘Holocaust deniers’] because at the heart they are anti-Semites, but I engage what they say because I have to disprove it to others who might be influenced by it. That’s why I don’t debate David Irving. It’s a waste of time, but in my trial we proved that what he said was a load of falsehoods and lies. That’s a different kind of thing. Holocaust denial, and by extension anti-Semitism, is not a cognitive error. It’s not like they miss one fact. It’s that they’re looking at the world through the prism of an anti-Semite. They’re conspiracy theorists.”

One of the reasons that Lipstadt does not engage her opponents is because she cannot have a serious dialogue without summoning lies, fabrications, and hoaxes. She cannot articulate their worldview in a logical fashion precisely because the worldview itself was not born out of reason but out of a pernicious ideology, which always seeks to destroy the Western intellectual tradition. Instead of reason, Lipstadt advances what E. Michael Jones has called “thought control” in places like Notre Dame University.[1] One Jewish writer argues that Lipstadt came to teach at Emory University not because of her serious scholarship, but because of the Jewish influence.[2]

One can say that Lipstadt’s “scholarly endeavor” began when she started to assign the book Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood 1939-1948 to her students. The Holocaust memoir of Benjamin Wilkomirski, Fragments came out in 1995 and enjoyed immediate success. Journalist Melissa Katsoulis writes that sales

“across Europe and the English-speaking world were impressive. It won the prestigious Prix Memoire de la Shoah in France, the Jewish Quarterly’s prize in London and also its American equivalent, the National Jewish Books Award. Feted by critics, historians and book-buyers alike, Wilkomirski found himself fending off interview requests from television, newspaper and magazine editors, and for the next three years rose to become one of the most sought-after and well-loved survivors of Hitler’s atrocities.[3]

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen also supported the book,[4] as well as major newspapers such as Publishers Weekly.

The whole story was a complete hoax, a fabrication by a non-Jew. As Finkelstein puts it, “Half-fruitcake, half-mountebank, Wilkomirski, it turns out, spent the entire war in Switzerland. He is not even a Jew.”[5]

After three years of fame, Wilkomirski’s fraud was discovered by real Jew Daniel Ganzfried, “himself the child of a survivor…Writing for the news magazine Weltwoche, he presented his dossier of research into the man he had been secretly studying for over a year: a close reading of Fragments, he argued, showed that the author had not actually been in the camps at all—his accounts of the working, layouts and customs of those places simply did not chime with the testimonies of those whose presence in them could easily be verified (which Wilkomirski’s could not).”[6]

Though Wilkomirski defended the book’s accuracy, the fraud was obvious to Ganzfried. To set the record straight, his literary agent Eva Koralnik hired Stefan Machler, a historian, to “separate fact from fiction…Six months later, in 1999, Marchler’s report was complete.”[7]

Fragments turned out to be a hoax, and Wilkomirski faded into obscurity. “I feel pity for him because I know him personally,” declares Heide Grasnick, one of his editors. “He’s not a happy person.”[8]

But the fraud do not matter to publishers who wanted to cash in on the hoax: “Arthur Samuelson (publisher): ‘It is a pretty cool book…It’s only a fraud if you call it non-fiction. I would then reissue it, in the fiction category. Maybe it’s not true—then he’s a better writer!”[9] What about the thousands of people who spent money to buy a real memoir? Doesn’t Samuelson owe them an apology?

Despite the revelation of Fragments as a hoax, Deborah Lipstadt, the person who brags about being “a renowned historian,” stated that the book was still “powerful as a novel.” This brings to light the driving ideology behind those who use the Holocaust as a weapon to subvert history. Lipstadt has also used the Holocaust to beat the goyim over the head, but people across the religious and political spectrum are waking up, and this is a bad sign for Lipstadt and her brethren. As Germar Rudolf puts it,

“The influence of Holocaust Revisionism is growing steadily both here and abroad… Those who take up the Revisionist cause represent a wide spectrum of political and philosophical positions. They are certainly not the scoundrels, liars, and demons the anti-Revisionists try to make them out to be.”

[1] E. Michael Jones, “Holocaust Denial and Thought Control: Deborah Lipstadt at Notre Dame University,” Culture Wars, May 2009.

[2] D. D. Guttenplan, The Holocaust on Trial (New York: W. W. Norton, 2002), 67-68.

[3] Melissa Katsoulis, Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2009), 237.

[4] Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, 67.

[5] Ibid., 60.

[6] Katsoulis, Literary Hoaxes, 237-238.

[7] Ibid., 238.

[8] Ibid., 240.

[9] Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, 60.


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